Uganda – Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions

Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions
These are serious public health, human rights and social equity dilemmas that must be addressed

Added 30th September 2019
By Umar Wewala

One in every four teenage girls in Uganda aged 15-19 years is a mother a child or pregnant. 42% of all the pregnancies among adolescents in Uganda are unintended.

Under the existing restrictive SRHR environment, a significant number of these pregnancies end up in unsafe abortions or culminate into pregnancy complications, sometimes leading to death.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1507768/us-act-teenage-pregnancy-unsafe-abortions


Zimbabwe – As teenagers die, Zim lawmakers call for abortion reform

As teenagers die, Zim lawmakers call for abortion reform

Wednesday 9 May 2018

BULAWAYO - When her 15-year-old daughter fell pregnant last year, Irene Ndlovu secretly arranged for an abortion before the pregnancy became visible so that she could continue with her education.

Abortions are only allowed in Zimbabwe if a woman's life is in danger, if there is a risk that the child will be "seriously handicapped" or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Those who break the law can be jailed for five years.

Continued: http://www.enca.com/africa/as-teenagers-die-zim-lawmakers-call-for-abortion-reform


‘Teen Voices’ Series: Barriers To Safe Abortion In Uganda Leading To Unhealthy & Dangerous Outcomes

‘Teen Voices’ Series: Barriers To Safe Abortion In Uganda Leading To Unhealthy & Dangerous Outcomes
June 23, 2017

This is the third post in our ‘Teen Voices’ series on GTHQ. We partnered with a non-profit organization called Women In Leadership, based out of Uganda, to help promote one of their initiatives. In the Teen Voices Program, they encourage high school girls in the rural town of Busembatia to write article about their lives, and the challenges they face as females in a largely patriarchal society. These stories are then published online, reaching an international audience.

Continued at source: Girl Talk HQ: http://girltalkhq.com/teen-voices-series-barriers-to-safe-abortion-in-uganda-leading-to-unhealthy-dangerous-outcomes/


Some 6,000 teen abortion cases reported in Vietnam annually

HANOI, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Some 6,000 teen abortion cases are reported in Vietnam annually, according to Vietnam's General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP) on Monday.

In 2015 alone, Vietnam had a total of around 280,000 abortion cases, 2 percent of which were by teenage moms, local Tien Phong (Pioneer) online newspaper quoted the office as saying.

However, the figures were only collected in public medical facilities. With psychological fears, many teenagers chose to come to private healthcare ones, reported Tien Phong, adding that the real figures must have been much higher.

Dinh Huy Duong, head of GOPFP's Communication and Education Department, said despite on downward trend over the past few years, the rate of teen pregnancy in Vietnam remains high.

Statistics by GOPFP showed that among every 100 girls, nearly three girls get pregnant during their teenage, reported Tien Phong.

Source: Shanghai Daily